Georgian Airways

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For the airline based in the U.S. state of Georgia, see GeorgiaSkies.
Georgian Airways
Airzena logo.png
IATA
A9
ICAO
TGZ
Callsign
TAMAZI
Founded 1994 (as Airzena)
Hubs Tbilisi International Airport, Georgia
Focus cities
Fleet size 7
Destinations 15
Company slogan Fly with us
Headquarters Tbilisi, Georgia
Key people Georg Okujava (General Director)
Website www.georgian-airways.com

Georgian Airways (Georgian: ჯორჯიან ეარვეისი) or Airzena is the flag carrier of the Republic of Georgia, with its headquarters in Tbilisi.[1] It is a privately owned airline operating services from Georgia to destinations mainly in Europe and Western Asia. Its main base is Tbilisi International Airport.[2]

History[edit]

Georgian Airways Boeing 737-500 at Moscow Domodedovo Airport in April 2011.

The airline was established and started operations in September 1994 as Airzena, initially operating business and charter flights. Scheduled services were added in 1997. Airzena merged with Air Georgia in November 1999 to form Airzena Georgian Airlines and adopted the current name on 1 October 2004.

In July 2011 Mikhail Bagdasarov, owner of Armenia’s national carrier, Armavia, planned to purchase Georgian Airways.[3] As of July 2013, the deal has not been finalized due to the declaration of bankruptcy by Armavia.

Destinations[edit]

As of 2010 the majority of travellers were from Ukraine, Russia, and Israel.[citation needed] In 2011, Georgian Airways began operating flights from Batumi to Tel Aviv, Baku, Moscow, Kharkiv, Odessa and Donetsk. It also launched flights from Georgia to Tehran.

Codeshare agreements[edit]

As of April 2013 Georgian Airways has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet[edit]

As of 18 December 2012, the Georgian Airways fleet includes the following aircraft:[4][5][6]

Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-500 1 12 104 116
Boeing 737-700 2 12 120 132
Bombardier CRJ100ER 1 6 44 50
Bombardier CRJ200LR 3
Bombardier Challenger 850 1 VIP Government of Georgia
Total 7

On 16 October 2011, Georgian Airways announced its intention to sign a contract with Boeing for two new Boeing 737NG and expressed interest in a Boeing 787. It expects to receive the 737 in late 2012, a possible 787 order could be delivered from 2018.[7]

As of December 2012, the average age of the Georgian Airways fleet is 14.4 years.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contacts." Georgian Airways. Retrieved on 28 May 2012. "12 RUSTAVELI AVE. 0108 TBILISI, GEORGIA" – Georgian address: "რუსთაველის გამზირი 12 0108 თბილისი, საქართველო.", Russian address: "Грузия, Тбилиси, проспект Руставели 12, 0108"
  2. ^ Flight International 3 April 2007
  3. ^ "Armenian businessman intends to buy Georgian air company | Armenia News". NEWS.am. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Georgian Airways – Details and Fleet History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Georgian Airways Fleet – CH Aviation". Ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Georgian Airways Fleet". georgian-airways.com. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  7. ^ ""Airzena" will purchase Boeing 737 and 787". Georgian-airways.com. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 

Key people: Mr. Iase Zautashvili - General Director Mr. Tamaz Gaiashvili - Owner & chairman

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